Sixteen Candles

Movie review by Randy White, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Racy, drunken, hilarious '80s high school comedy.

PG 1984 93 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 84 reviews

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age 17+

Racism abounds

Loads of people talk about the sexism, potential date rape, nudity, and swearing, but I haven’t seen one review in which they discuss the racism. The main character’s has a Chinese exchange student, crudely named Long Duck Dong (are you kidding me?!) staying with them and he is essentially treated like some kind of pet and portrayed as idiotic and like every horrible caricature of an Asian person ever created. As much as I enjoyed as a teenager, I implore you to discuss all these questionable moments in the movie if you decide to watch it with your teenager. That is the only way we can affect real change otherwise they will think this behavior is acceptable.
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age 10+

amazing movie!

I'm saying age 10 and up because there's some language elements and a nude scene but it's not in a sexual way or anything. Various uses of f-ck, sh-t, d-ck, and some others but as long as your kid won't go around saying all of it, you should be fine. There's also some drug use but it's not like your child is going to go buy a billion cigarettes after watching.

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